Want a giant list of classroom jobs that you can have your students do? Here is a huge list of jobs you can give your elementary students! These jobs would work best for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade but you can have a lot of these or adjust them for older elementary students as well.
Jobs are great because they build classroom community, give students a purpose and sense of belonging every day, AND they save you from doing a lot of busy work!
Jobs should always save you time, not be more work – for tips, check out: How to Organize Classroom Jobs
I personally love having a job for every student that they have for several weeks at a time so they can get really good at it. When you’re getting ready to switch jobs, have a “job training” day where everyone trains their replacement to do their job so you don’t have to! If you like having a job for every student, here’s a big list for you.
Okay, so here goes with the job list!
1. Line Leader
Real World Name: Tour Guide, Conductor
Stands at the front of the line and leads the class wherever you go.
Real World Name: Secretary, Receptionist, Office Manager
Answers the classroom phone.
This is one of my favorite jobs! Train them to answer the phone, “Mrs. Kee’s classroom. This is [their name] speaking. How can I help you?” It is so stressful to be in the middle of a lesson or a small groups session and have the phone ring on the other side of the classroom because you have to abruptly stop what you’re doing, leave a group of students waiting, and run over to the phone before the person hangs up. With a secretary, even if you end up taking the majority of the calls, it’s not stressful. You can leisurely get to the phone as the secretary is answering. You can also train them to say “Do you need to speak to Mrs. Kee or can I get your name and number to call her back?” and teach them to take the name and number of the person calling on a sticky note. I know it seems like a kindergartener or first grader can’t handle this but if you train them, they totally can. 🙂 A lot of times, you’ll get “Billy’s mom is here to pick him up.” or “Can you send Anna to the office?” type calls from the office that really didn’t need to interrupt your lesson that the secretary can field. Other times, they may take the name/number of a parent for you to call back. It’s just a great job!
3. Library Helper
Real World Name: Librarian
Helps keep the classroom library organized.
The library helper makes sure all of the books are put back into the correct bins and that they look nice. The library helper can also help carry the bucket of library books with a friend they choose to the library if you carry them all together.
4. Door Holder
Real World Name: Doorman, Entry Asssistant
Holds the door open for the class to enter/exit rooms. I recommend that once they are done holding the door for the last person in line, they power walk to the front to join the line as the 2nd person in line so they are always ready to open the next door and don’t have to run to the front of the line when you get somewhere new.
5. Pencil Sharpener
Real World Name: Equipment Maintenance Supervisor
This is a sacred job. Letting all the kids sharpen their own pencils can be a disaster so I highly recommend having it be an individual student’s job. Have 2 containers: a dull pencils container and a sharp pencils container. Any time the pencil sharpener is done with his/her work, they can come sharpen all the pencils in the dull container to put in the sharp container. You could also only do it during certain times. It’s the best job because then you don’t have to do it! Plus, you know the student is being careful and doing it correctly because you’ve trained them how.
Real World Name: Energy Conservationist, Electrician
Turns off the lights whenever you leave the classroom and turns them back on when the class returns
7. Paper Passer
Real World Name: Supplies Distribution Coordinator, Supplies Distributor
Passes out any papers you need passed out for classwork or to take home
8. Office Runner / Messenger
Real World Name: Mail Carrier
If you need to send anything to the office, they take it for you. If you need anything picked up, they go get it.
For some reason, no one likes to be at the back of the line OR it’s Mr. I’m-Going-to-Walk-in-Spirals-and-Poke-People who wants to be in the back so it’s always good to have an assigned caboose.
10. Line Monitor
If you have issues with keeping a straight and/or quiet line, you can have it be a student job to walk alongside the line and keep the line straight and quiet.
11. Hand Sanitizer
Real World Name: Sanitation Manager
Gives each kid a squirt of sanitizer before lunch and snack. Get a big pump bottle and, while students are lined up, teach them to hold out their hands to receive a small squirt of sanitizer before eating.
Changes all the charts in your classroom at the end of the day for the next day. For example, if you have a behavior chart where all of the clips or cards need to go back to green for the next day, they do that. If you have to do lunch choices, they put all those clips/cards back. If you have an attendance chart, they move them all back. Basically, any charts that need to start over the next day, they do. There is no reason why you should ever waste time doing that yourself at the end of each day. 🙂
13. Computer Assistant
Real World Name: Computer Assistant, Computer Technician
Turns on the computers in the morning and logs them in. Turns off the computers at the end of the day. If students have individual log ins, they help students who need assistance logging in or getting to the correct website.
14. Tablet Assistant
If your classroom has tablets of any kind, have a student who is in charge of making sure they are all properly stored and plugged in every morning, before lunch, and before dismissal. This job can also be in charge of helping people get to the correct app or website or with any questions they have during tablet work.
This person does the job of anyone who is absent. If no one is absent, they do any little task you may ask them to so they don’t feel left out of a classroom job. You want this person to be responsible so they can take on any job without training but most kids are willing and excited to jump into different jobs.
16. Calendar Leader
I personally think the calendar leader should change every day or every week so if you don’t switch out your jobs for weeks, I don’t recommend this one. This person leads calendar, asks the calendar questions, and calls on students to answer them. You could also split this job into several jobs like the math helper (to do number of the day, counting to 100, or whatever math related things you have), song leader (to lead the class in songs), weather helper (to do weather), etc.
17. Absent Work Manager
Real World: Production Manager
This is one of my favorite jobs. This person notes how many kids are absent that day (or you tell them first thing in the morning) and they get an EXTRA worksheet for that person or persons for every single activity you do that day and put it into a pile on your counter. If there are 3 people absent, they make 3 separate piles they add to throughout the day. Train them to write the person’s name on a sticky note and put it on the first paper then put each worksheet you do during the day at the bottom of the stack each time they get a new one as the day progresses. If the absent person comes in late, they know to go to the counter or wherever the pile(s) are kept to grab whatever they missed. You can also train students to grab their pile from the counter the next day if they were absent – to take home as homework or to put in their folder to complete. This is the best for when you get the “Emma’s brother is going to come get the work she missed” call at the end of the day and have to scramble to grab a copy of everything you did that day. It’s just wonderful to make this a student job.
18. Teacher’s Assistant
This is just a catch all job to do any little thing you may need during the day that doesn’t fall under another job like if you’re in the middle of a lesson in front of the class but you need them to grab something. They also can be the “Ask Me” person if someone has a question during small group time or another time when you’re busy.
19. Trash Monitor
Real World Name: Custodian
This person makes sure there is no trash on the floor and picks it up if they see it. They can also dump the trash cans or place them by the door if those are things your school does.
20. Recycling Monitor
Real World Name: Environmental Conservationist
This can be combined with trash monitor or be separate. They make sure things that can be recycled are not put into the trash and vice versa.
21. Work Monitor
Real World Name: Work Manager
Uses a class list on a clipboard to check off students who have finished their work. This is an awesome job if you have a kind, responsible student (who typically finishes their work early) who can do this. Use a class list in one of those grid ways with check boxes in columns and have this person put a checkmark next to the name of kids who finish a particular assignment. It’s also great to have a job like this for collecting things like who turned in their field trip permission slips or whatever things you keep track of. This person can also be in charge of putting assignments turned into you in ABC order or number order, however you input grades. It’ll save you a lot of time!
22. Pet Helper
Real World Name: Zookeeper, Zoologist
If you have a classroom pet, this person could be in charge of feeding them and making sure their habitat looks healthy.
23. Plant Helper
Real World Name: Botanist, Plant Scientist
If you have plants in your classroom, they water them and help take care of them.
Real World Name: Bodyguard
If your school requires you to send a buddy with kids to go to the bathroom, nurse, office, etc. so they don’t walk alone or if you have a friend who needs escorting, this person goes with them.
Real World Name: Conflict Resolution Specialist
When there is a “tattle” type issue where 2 kids are not getting along for some reason, they can call on the mediator to help them figure it out. The mediator is trained to ask them each what the issue is and help them use problem solving language and steps to solve it. This takes a little bit of training but can be great! The mediator can have them talk about how they feel and how they can compromise to work out a solution that they’re both happy with. Yes, even preschoolers can do this and it is adorable.
26. Chair Stacker
You may have all of your kids stack the chairs at the end of the day or you can have 1 or 2 students have this job.
27. Morning Meeting Leader
If you do a class meeting in the morning, this person can run it.
28. Clean Up Crew
Real World Name: Custodian
They inspect the other desks and tables. You could even give them stickers to give to super clean desks after a clean up. They can also be in charge of cleaning up any spills or keeping common areas tidy. They can also be the one to pass out wipes during classroom cleaning.
28. Breakfast Helper
If you do breakfast in the classroom, they help hand it out, open things for people who need it, assist with clean up, etc.
30. Lunch Helper
Real World Name: Food Coordinator
If there is any work related to lunch that is done daily, they do it. For example, they may do the lunch count and take it to the office or cafeteria. They may carry the lunch tub of home lunches to the cafeteria if you do that.
31. Snack Helper
Hands out snack. Helps other kids open things if they need it.
32. Shoes and Clothing Specialist
Ties the shoes of kids who need help, helps other kids zip/unzip jackets, and takes care of any other shoe or clothing related needed. They also make sure jackets are neatly put away in the winter. They can also be a “uniform specialist” if your school has uniforms where they make sure everyone’s shirts are tucked in throughout the day.
33. Coupon/Ticket Helper
If you have a classroom currency where students get a ticket or something at the end of the day for being on a certain color on the behavior chart or anything like that, this person can be responsible for passing them out. I love these monthly behavior clip charts that are so fun to switch out every month and each one comes with a new award certificate they get for getting to the top. This job can hand that out along with a little prize maybe like a sparkly pencil or fun eraser.
34. Transitions Specialist
If you ring wind chimes or play songs to transition, this person does it for you when you signal them. You can also train them to set timers at certain points in the day if that’s something you do.
35. Recess Helper
Real World Name: Playground Equipment Manager
If you carry balls or equipment outside for recess, this person carries it. If it’s a 2 person job, they can pick a friend to help them. They are in charge of making sure all of the equipment gets put back into the bucket and carry it back as well.
36. Greeter / Ambassador of Happy / Salutations Specialist
In the morning they stand in the doorway to greet everyone coming in the door. Teach them to say, “Good morning” with a smile or “Hi Ben!” type greetings. When kids line up to come inside in the morning, they get to go to the front of the line behind the line leader and door holder so they’re ready for their job when kids are coming in. You can also have them stand in the doorway as everyone is leaving to wish them a great rest of their day or say things like, “Great job today!”
37. Whiteboard Manager
Erases the whiteboard at the end of the day. If you change the date or anything like that on the whiteboard, they can do that. They can also be in charge of anything you need done with an interactive whiteboard if you have one as well.
38. Directions Assistant
If someone comes in the classroom in the middle of a lesson or activity, this person pulls them aside to explain what’s going on and help them immerse into whatever you’re doing without having to interrupt your lesson. This is great for students who come into lessons late because they’re pulled for speech, testing, whatever it may be. This person knows to pop up and help them get started.
39. Classroom Ambassador
If you get a new student, this person is in charge of showing them around. They show them how to do all your classroom procedures and routines, help them make friends at recess, and basically are their guide until they settle into the classroom community. If another student is in your class from another class for some reason, they also help guide them in how your class does things. You can also have this person be the go-to person for when you have a substitute.
40. Bathroom Monitors – one boy, one girl
If you go the bathroom as an entire class during the day, these people are in charge of monitoring the bathroom. They get to go to the bathroom first and then once they come out, they call students from your line to fill the stalls. I recommend having students who need to use the restroom stand and those who don’t or have already gone sit. As soon as a stall empties, they call another person who’s standing until everyone has used the restroom and is sitting. They also monitor the stalls to make sure no one is playing around in the bathroom.
I hope this list gave you some ideas for classroom jobs! Do you use any of these jobs in your classroom?
Don’t forget to check out this post on How to Organize Classroom Jobs!
If you have any other jobs I didn’t list here, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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